It's not even been five months since it launched the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it seems Apple is already working on another MacBook. According to DigiTimes, the Cupertino-based company has notified Taiwan-based suppliers that the MacBook Pro and Air series will be seeing revisions in June 2013.
DigiTime's sources have said that the next MacBook Air will feature a new processor platform, but the design will not see major changes. This may lead to Ultrabook vendors growing concerned, as thanks to the revision, Apple will likely reduce the price of the MacBook Air before the launch of the next model, which could take away demand for Ultrabooks.
Could be getting a revision in June
The revisions for the MacBook Air and Pro may indicate that Apple could move to Intel's upcoming Haswell processors. An earlier report revealed that Haswell has been delayed till June 2013, which also puts it in the same time frame as the expected MacBook revisions.
Back in October 2012, Apple introduced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which featured a Retina display and all-flash storage in a new design. Measuring 0.75 inches and weighing 1.6 Kg, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 20 percent thinner, and almost 500 gm lighter than the earlier MacBook Pro.
As per an official statement by Apple, the new MacBook Pro packs in more than 4 million pixels into its 13-inch Retina display, which is nearly twice the number of pixels in an HD television. At 227 pixels per inch (ppi), the Retina display’s pixel density is so high the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. This makes images look sharp and text to look the way it does on a printed page. With four times the pixels of the current 13-inch MacBook Pro, you can view and edit video in pixel-accurate HD and see a new level of detail in high resolution images. Apple claims that the 13-inch Retina display uses IPS technology for a 178-degree wide viewing angle and has 75 percent less reflection and 29 percent higher contrast than the current generation.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processors with the option to choose the faster 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 processors, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of 1600MHz memory, and up to 768GB of flash storage. Two Thunderbolt and two USB 3.0 ports allow users to connect to multiple displays and high-performance devices, and a new HDMI port offers quick connectivity to an HDTV. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features a FaceTime HD camera, dual microphones, improved speakers, three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a MagSafe 2 power port.
Apple states that the 13-inch MacBook Pro battery delivers up to seven hours of wireless productivity and can remain in standby for up to 30 days. With the new Power Nap feature in OS X Mountain Lion, the MacBook Pro with Retina display stays up to date while it sleeps. Power Nap refreshes Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Reminders, and Photo Stream and when the notebook is plugged in, it downloads software updates and backs up the Mac using Time Machine.